Transforming Agriculture, Perennially

Careers at The Land Institute

The Land Institute is working on a solution to one of humankind’s most critical challenges: how to produce food without destroying precious soil, water, and ecological resources.

The long-term, game-changing nature of our mission is both challenging and fulfilling. Our people reflect the values of the prairie: diverse and perennial. Our staff members have come from several continents to The Land Institute’s modest home in Salina, Kansas to transform agriculture worldwide. For many it becomes a lifelong career. More than a few have been involved with — and have evolved with — The Land Institute for decades.

Jobs at The Land Institute include scientists and field and research technicians as well as positions in farm operations, fundraising, communications, marketing, finance, and administration.

Current Job Openings at The Land Institute

Ecosphere Studies Postbaccalaureate Researcher

The Land Institute is looking for a creative, collaborative Ecosphere Studies Postbaccalaureate Researcher to support our development of new educational materials on perennial grain agriculture. The researcher will help design accessible educational modules, collaborate with researchers and educators, and organize module testing and revision. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for learning about perennial grains and awareness of how digital technology has reshaped education. This 12-month post-bac position will be funded by the support of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Sustainable Agricultural Systems Coordinated Agricultural Program (SAS-CAP) grant no. 2020-68012-31934 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), also known as the Kernza® CAP grant. The position will be based in Salina, Kansas and will be mentored and supervised by The Land Institute’s Director of Ecosphere Studies.

To apply, submit a resume or CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references to . Review of applications will begin August 16, 2021.

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HR Manager

As the Human Resources Manager, you play a key role in fulfilling our mission by guiding and managing the human resources function. You originate and lead HR practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented; high-performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity, and standards; goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a positive, effective workforce.
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Other Employment Opportunities

Don’t see a link to a current open position, or don’t see a position that fits your skill set? Feel free to submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to and we will keep your information on file for future employment opportunities

Seasonal and Temporary Positions at The Land Institute

Harvest Crew Member (early July-early August flexible)

The Harvest Crew Member will assist with seasonal research activities such, but not limited to, harvesting and threshing of research plots in Salina, KS. Crew members will be expected to be able to work outdoors and indoors doing manual, repetitive tasks. This position allows for flexible scheduling that may be dependent on weather and labor availability. Applicants from Saline County are preferred and must be at least 16 years of age at the start of the position. If this looks like the job for you, fill out the application and return it by email to .
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Our interns gain valuable insight into the research programs of The Land Institute while assisting in the fields, seed processing facilities, and labs. With thousands of experimental plots and tens of thousands of experimental plants, interns conduct crucial fieldwork that includes hoeing, transplanting, and sampling alongside preeminent scientists working to develop perennial ecologically intensive agriculture. Summer interns enjoy seminars with the staff and visiting scientists, but the majority of learning is gained from hands-on work with the research programs. Keep in mind that although the fieldwork is satisfying, it also can be physically challenging.

The internship program has two 3-month long cohort options: Cohort 1 runs from May-August and Cohort 2 runs from August-November. Interns work 40 hour weeks, typically from 8am-5pm with a 1 hour lunch break, although start times may adjust during the hot summer months to escape the heat. Interns may have the option to live in TLI housing, where rent is typically around $270/month. Interns are provided a $2200/month (beginning in 2022) stipend with no benefits.

Although interns are often college students (generally between sophomores in college to recently graduated), we consider adult applicants of any age and background. This internship is designed to provide an entry point for those with limited experience in agricultural research or related fields.
Summer 2021 applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall for Summer 2022.

Postbaccalaureate Researcher

The Postbaccalaureate Researcher (Post-Bac) gains mentorship, research experience in perennial grain agriculture, and an opportunity to develop collaborative skills. This temporary position is designed to assist recent college graduates with strong research interests in exploration of their future career, education, or training possibilities. Participants will have the opportunity to attend conferences and participate in other professional development activities. The Post-Bac will be a member of a research group and will be exposed to a range of topics related to agricultural research. Position duration varies depending on the project/program.
As positions become available, details and instructions for applying will be posted on The Land Institute’s website.

Research Assistant

Research Assistants fill a variety of temporary, program-specific support roles at The Land Institute. Wages vary between positions depending on required skills and experience. These positions do not come with benefits or provided housing and may be part-time or full-time.
As positions become available, details and instructions for applying will be posted on The Land Institute’s website.

Horticulture Assistant

Horticulture Assistants are seasonal full or part-time workers who provide general support for research and grounds keeping. Examples of tasks include threshing, mowing, pot-washing, and data collection. Housing is not provided.
As positions become available, details and instructions for applying will be posted on The Land Institute’s website.

Apply for a position at The Land Institute today by sending your resume and cover letter to

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